The leader of El Salvador is putting violent gang members in prison, and the international Left is enraged by his actions.
President Nayib Bukele is the right-wing leader of El Salvador. In March 2022, he declared a state of emergency due to rampant gang violence. Police forces have been working for twelve months to imprison gang members and those with known gang affiliations.
El Salvador now has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and the murder rate has plummeted by 59% since 2019 – changing El Salvador from one of the most dangerous nations in Latin America, to one of the safest.
President Bukele posted a video of hundreds of tattooed prisoners being processed in an El Salvadorian prison. The prisoners were moved in an orderly, submissive fashion in organized lines, with matching white shorts, and shaved heads. In the tweet Bukele said, “Today at dawn, in a single operation, we transferred the first 2,000 gang members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT). This will be their new house, where they will live for decades, mixed up, unable to do any more harm to the population.”
Liberals at the New York Times, Washington Post and the Guardian have been very upset about the results in El Salvador. They commonly cite “human rights” violations, with one Guardian writer bemoaning the fact it’s been a “huge cost for democracy and human rights”.
President Bukele spoke before thousands of El Salvadorian law enforcement members in a recorded speech.
“For eight months, we have been fighting this war against the gangs. And thank God, we are winning. This is a very surprising victory that is nearly within our grasp. Let it be clear that the glory is for God and it is God’s glory. We humans are lucky to be instruments of God, all of us, to bring peace, liberty, and happiness to the Salvadoran people. We are the instrument to heal this land. Each of you is and instrument of God to do this…
If you watch the international news, you will see how the most important values for human beings, such as honor, loyalty, bravery, courage, and love for your fellow man, are precisely the values that we are losing with each passing day. And that’s why you can see how societies that seemed to have won, now are degrading, as they are losing the values that made them great. These values were probably not strong in this land, and were strong in other lands. And that’s why these lands grew and became great. But they are losing those values now. And on the other hand, in El Salvador, the values that previously were degraded in our country are now the most important ones…
… How would a nation not rise up when it puts God first and then puts in the hard work and the effort with these kinds of values?”
Commentator and media personality Savannah Hernandez added commentary to the national crack down on crime.
President Bukele’s approval rating is over 87% as of May last year (just months after the initiative began. A new poll in January is showing a 90% approval rating for the President, due to the slashing of violent crime and gang activity.